The Nature of Place
Following Ballard’s master plan, the library and neighborhood center present a powerful civic face along a major pedestrian corridor. The building’s extended front porch, a gathering space that provides shelter from the prevailing winds and weather, leads towards the center one block away. Sitting at this potent position between Main Street and the residential neighborhood, it has a transparency that provides a sense of intimacy with the community. The design subtly reflects the area’s Scandinavian and maritime roots. Tapered steel columns, standing like masts, support a lilting roof that extends beyond the entrance and unites the library and service center components.